Holy Basil or Tulsi as it is commonly known is the best-known self-care herb in existence. It grows wildly in many places and is also grown in many households for its divine properties. It is used often as an herbal remedy for many common ailments like cold and cough.
Holy Basil commenced as an offering to gods by the Hindus. Soon enough, its medicinal importance was understood and used widely in the field of Ayurveda. Very soon, the Holy Basil was being used for a host of ailments like cold, fever, asthma, bronchitis, influenza, ulcer and even rheumatism. The most common recipe of the tulsi plant is a concoction of its leaves with honey, ginger and pepper to cure the common cold. The Holy Basil is of two varieties and has potent anti-inflammatory agents that decrease inflammation. Toxins in the body can also be reduced with the aid of tulsi. Diabetics are also known to have benefited from its use with their blood sugar levels getting reduced.
Holy Basil is said to belong to a family of plants called adaptogens that promote good health, both physical and mental. What is so very convenient about the tulsi plant is its no side-effects quality! Neither short term nor long term effects. Although many herbal companies are now producing the holy basil in capsules, it is always beneficial when its leaves are plucked and consumed immediately. Known to help in the treatment of liver and thyroid problems, the holy basil possesses anti-toxidant qualities too.
Like with any other herbal treatment there are certain dos and don’ts. For holy basil, pregnant and lactating women are advised against using it.
In an age of rising health prices even for common ailments, the holy basil is an effective herbal remedy being used for hundreds of years, ready to bring your mental and physical stress down to a minimum.